\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging; clangs

Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a loud metallic ringing sound anvils clanged
b : to go with a clang
2 : to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang clang a bell



Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud ringing metallic sound the clang of a fire alarm
2 : a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

Synonyms for clang

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut. Noun the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shots that were falling early began to clang off the rim. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2022 The words still clang around my subconscious like a Patek Philippe tossed into a dryer. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2022 Their families, meanwhile, are running low on heat and power, trapped by a Russian military encirclement around the Atomic City, as Slavutych is known, where locals clang church bells or honk car horns to sound the alarm whenever warplanes approach. Joe Parkinson And Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Kiké Hernández would later clang yet another ball off the wall in back of the Crawford Boxes, his fifth home run in five games, tying franchise legend David Ortiz (and Todd Walker) for most homers in a Red Sox postseason. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 Off the free kick, a pair of Mavs players had an open look at the net only to have their shots clang off the post and go wide. Eric Bem,, 15 Sep. 2021 Whenever a family member died, pots and pans would clang in the kitchen, Lisa recalled., 17 May 2021 In a span of four minutes in the middle stages of the second half against Centennial, the Mustangs had three shots clang off a goal post. Brent Kennedy,, 16 Apr. 2021 Less than three minutes into his Warriors debut Saturday night, forward Andrew Wiggins dribbled around a screen, stepped in front of the 3-point arc and, with JaVale McGee’s hand in his face, clanged a long jumper off the back of the rim. Connor Letourneau,, 8 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adam Rigg’s classroom set, encircled by vibrant flowers and audience members, lulls you into a sense of tranquillity before the clang of prison bars announces the start of the play, which takes place in a youth correctional facility’s English class. New York Times, 10 June 2022 The Rock Island line is so close to Hero Street the clang of railroad crossings, whine of braking trains and metal groan of shuffling cars is a constant song on replay, all day and all night. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2022 But while curators in other parts of Europe embraced the chance to exhibit the paintings, the roadblocks went up with a shockingly loud clang in Norway, notably from the National Museum and, in a cruel paradox, the Munch Museum. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Here and there, the clang of a cash register winks over the proceedings. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 And the sounds – the clang of the metal shutter, the ticking of the drive clock and the clacking of the chains add deeply to the experience. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2022 But for more than a century before it, its East Side grounds echoed with the clang of steel and the wail of a factory whistle from Alamo Iron Works, the site’s original iron giant. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Jan. 2022 The clang of the battle rifle gives each shot real weight and power. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 During our interview in the courtyard of his building, the metallic clang of construction and bleating trucks often drowned out speech. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clang


1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang


Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

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More Definitions for clang


\ ˈklaŋ How to pronounce clang (audio) \
clanged; clanging

Kids Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make the loud ringing sound of metal hitting something The pots clanged together.



Kids Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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